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Deadline to apply for COVID-19 rent relief program is Thursday

Board rejects NYC rent freeze; increase approved
Posted at 4:06 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 16:10:32-04

NEW YORK — The deadline for New Yorkers to apply for state-funded rent relief has arrived.

The application period for the COVID Rent Relief Program, which is meant to help those with low-incomes and who are struggling due to the pandemic, ends Thursday.

The program gives up to four months rental assistance to individuals and families that lost income due to COVID-19, which will be paid directly to landlords.

Thursday is the last day to apply, though funds are not distributed on a "first come, first served" basis; eligible households will be prioritized based on "greatest economic and social need" based on income, rent burden, percent of income lost and risk of homelessness, according to New York State Homes and Community Renewal, or HRC.

The household income must be below 80% of the area median household income in order to qualify, among other stipulations.

Families with mixed immigration statuses are eligible, as long as someone in the household is a U.S. Citizen.

Apply and get more info here, and find info on your area median income here.